Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Visiting paris and italy can this itinerary work?
  2. 2 Clocks forward one hour tonight
  3. 3 Swiss registered car in Liechtenstein
  4. 4 Give advice on Austria trip in the fall.....
  5. 5 Does Zurich have a hop on hop off bus system
  6. 6 Milan to Chamonix by bus
  7. 7 For a Taste of Four Cultures on Two Contınents
  8. 8 Cinqueterre
  9. 9 London lodging 3 adults 3 kids (7,11,13)
  10. 10 Photo tours Zurich Lucern areas
  11. 11 Something to do with my mother-in-law in Madrid
  12. 12 Road trip Italy
  13. 13 Thoughts on visiting Turkey this summer? Safe?
  14. 14 To Aeolians or Not? Please Critique our Sicily Itinerary for May/June
  15. 15 2017 Tulips, Amsterdam, Time(as in three days)
  16. 16 Ireland Itinerary- biting off more than we can chew?
  17. 17 Cordoba, Granada, Seville loop
  18. 18 Hilton CPH no loner
  19. 19 travel around Spain
  20. 20 Trip Report Scotland Trip Report
  21. 21 French Wedding
  22. 22 Best way to walk up Gianicolo hill Rome
  23. 23 Charming villages in Austria for hiking trip in mid-June 2016?
  24. 24 Trip Report Trip Report Crete May 2016
  25. 25 New notes and coins and death dates for old ones
View next 25 » Back to the top

Puglia (plus Matera) Ponderings--first stab at itinerary

Jump to last reply

I got it--the airfare I have been waiting three years for--so I am finally heading to Puglia in late May, round trip to Bari... with only 9 days. So, here is my initial plan so I can pick it apart all winter while I plan and consult with DH, who is far too busy paying for airfare to do any trip planning.
We are not masseria types. We like cities or tiny towns with good restaurants. Not really driving types either, but I realize that may be a necessity for part of this trip.
We arrive at Bari at 5pm. While I am more than willing to give Bari a shot, time is too precious on this trip. Should I give in and enjoy Bari this evening, or make my way to somewhere about an hour away? (considering paying for a hotel transfer if possible--no driving on this day - jet lag).
Two alternate itineraries so far:
Bari one night
Matera 2 nights
Lecce 3 nights
Monopoli or Polignano 3 nights

Matera 3 nights (I would like to have time in the first destination to shake off the jet lag and do one of the hiking tours on offer in addition to the sassi tour)
Lecce 3 nights
Monopoli or Polignano 3 nights

I am thinking it will be a little early in the season for coastal towns of the Salento, but we will have the option while staying in Lecce. I am very drawn to Lecce but not as familiar yet with day trip options and worried it may not fit into my usual plan of doing more in a smaller area. I assume we could visit the trulli area from Lecce about as easily as from Monopoli or Polignano. I am thinking Monopoli or Polignano because they are close to the trulli for day trips and also close enough to Bari for our departure time of about noon. We love the sea.

Would love to hear opinions on other towns to consider staying in. There is some appeal in staying in the trulli area to enjoy them after tour buses depart. Also considering towns like Ceglie Messapica and Martina Franca.
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts. I have loved reading about this region over the years.

13 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement